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A "magnificent alien" deep see sponge

Updated guide aids deepwater animal identification

NOAA Ocean Exploration’s Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide has become a popular and trusted ocean science community resource and is used (and contributed to) by ocean scientists around the world to help identify animals seen during deep-ocean exploration. With the release of its fourth version in January 2024, the guide is now searchable and includes animals seen in deep waters of the Atlantic along with deepwater animals of the Pacific from earlier versions of the guide.

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Recent “Triple-Dip” La Niña upends current understanding of ENSO 

With the current El Niño in full force, researchers are still puzzling over the 2020–2023 La Niña that upended current understanding of El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) dynamics. The three consecutive years of La Niña conditions – a rare “triple-dip” phenomenon – had widespread impacts on the ocean and climate across the globe. While triple-dip La Niñas have happened before, this one was notable in that it did not conform to conventional theories on how these extended La Niñas develop, leaving scientists searching for clues to explain what caused it.

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CTD Deployment aboard the Go-Ship 2016

Landmark study indicates weakening of ocean carbon sink

A landmark study published last week demonstrates that the ocean’s role as a carbon sink and its ability to store anthropogenic, or human-caused, carbon may be weakening. A collaboration among international researchers led by Jens Daniel Müller, Ph.D. (ETH Zurich), this study captures a snapshot of three decades of global interior ocean measurements to determine the change in ocean storage of carbon emitted due to human activity and what it suggests about the future under a changing climate.

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Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa, Ms Barbara Creecy, engaging with students at the SA Agulhas II Open Tour Day

GOMO supports successful International World Ocean Day celebration

From June 8-11th, roughly 1,000 high school students and 4,000 members of the public gathered to celebrate and learn about the oceans during a multi-day outreach event for World Ocean Day in Cape Town, South Africa. Visitors were exposed to life as a sea-going marine scientist through a tour of the 440 foot South African Agulhas II research vessel and were given hands-on demonstrations of the use of state-of-the-art ocean observing platforms, including Argo floats, satellite tracked drifting buoys, and buoyancy gliders (see picture below). The importance of ocean health and ocean observing capabilities was further emphasized by the commemoration of the event by South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy.

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